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Paul Cicala Leaving KVIA, Station Names Successor

KVIA has announced sports director Paul Cicala (pictured left) is leaving the El Paso ABC affiliate and will join Tucson NBC affiliate KVOA.

“We are sad to lose such a talented, genuine person like Paul,” said KVIA news director Brenda De Anda-Swann in a statement. “He is a truly unique, authentic talent and his enthusiasm is always contagious. He has a special bond with the audience and I know he’ll be missed.”

Cicala is moving to Tucson to tend to family matters, the station said.

The station also announced Asher Wildman (pictured right) will step into Cicala’s sports director role as soon as Cicala leaves in one month.

Wildman has worked at KVIA for more than a year. Prior to working at KVIA, he was host of Golfweek TV in Orlando, FL.

[El Paso Times]

El Paso’s KVIA Adds Reporter

Collin Carroll will join El Paso ABC affiliate KVIA as a multimedia journalist.

KVIA general manager Kevin Lovell confirmed with TVSpy Carroll will start in September.

This will be Carroll’s first TV station. He is currently finishing up his master’s degree at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.

UTEP Coach Says Player Left Team Because Of ‘How He Was Portrayed on Local TV’

The University of Texas at El Paso men’s basketball coach has linked the departure of one of his players to reporting by KVIA sports anchor Asher Wildman (pictured).

The player leaving UTEP, Chris Washburn Jr., allegedly assaulted a bouncer at an El Paso bar last month after he was declined entry for being underage. Wildman obtained the police report and reported on the incident on the El Paso ABC affiliate. No arrests have been made in the May incident.

Washburn was the first UTEP freshman to finish the season with three double-figure point totals in more than a decade. In an interview with the El Paso Times this week, UTEP coach Tim Floyd talked about Washburn’s departure:

He has expressed an interest in getting back closer to home in the Dallas area and we couldn’t satisfy his minutes. He wanted a little more playing time. Plus, he was also a little disappointed by how he was portrayed on local TV by Asher Wildman of Channel 7.

Patricia Martinez, an El Paso radio host, penned a column in support of Wildman’s reporting: Read more

Karla Mariscal Leaving El Paso Univision Affiliate KINT

Karla Mariscal has announced she is leaving the Entravision owned El Paso Univison affiliate KINT.

“After 13 years of being part of the Noticias 26 Univisión team, I’m announcing to all of you that June 15 will be my last day on television,” Mariscal said. “Serving my community has been a great privilege.”

Mariscal has worked at KINT since March 2000. Mariscal told TVSpy she plans “to take a break from my career and dedicate more time to my family.”

[Media Buzz]

KFOX General Manager John Witte Retires

After 11 years as general manager of KFOX, John Witte retired from the El Paso Fox affiliate on Friday, according to the El Paso Times.

Witte has worked at KFOX since 1996. His retirement comes months before the arrival of his first grandchild. “I am looking forward to that,” Witte told the El Paso Times. “My grandchild will be here in August. But this has been difficult. This has been my family for 18 years.”

KFOX is being acquired by Sinclair Broadcast Group. News director Elizabeth O’Hara said a new general manager has yet to be named.

KINT Adds Uriel Posada as News Director

El Paso’s Entravision owned Univision affiliate KINT has named Uriel Posada as news director.

“It is a pleasure to come back to the Entravision family,” Posada told TVSpy. “KINT has a great group of professionals, and I am excited to work along side them.”

Posada comes to KINT from the cross town rival Telemundo affiliate KTDO where he helped launch station’s newscast. He replaces Zoltán Csanyi-Salcedo who left for ESPN.

[Media Moves]

Dan O’Rourke Out at KTSM

Dan O’Rourke, reporter and anchor for El Paso NBC affiliate KTSM has left the station.

O’Rourke posted a goodbye to his facebook page Tuesday saying, “Dear friends, thank you all for your friendship and wonderful support. Not by my own decision, I am leaving KTSM. I love El Paso and I wish you all the very best in your lives. God bless you and your families, now and always.”

O’Rourke started at KTSM in 2011. TVSpy has reached out to KTSM for comment. We will update when we know more.

[El Paso Times]

Celebrity Chef Accused of Assaulting KTSM Meteorologist Mark Mathis

Sara Horowitz, an El Paso chef who has competed on two reality TV cooking shows, has been accused of allegedly assaulting her boyfriend Mark Mathis, meteorologist for the El Paso NBC affiliate KTSM.

According to police, Mathis filed a report alleging Horowitz punched and kicked him during an argument. The El Paso Times says the argument started after the two came back from a trip to Austin.

Mathis alleged Horowitz punched his right eye, breaking his glasses and causing a small scrape above the eye. Officers noted in their report Mathis also had “small scrapes and bruises” on his legs, some bruising behind his right ear and swelling on the right side of his upper lip. Read more

KVIA Adding 9:00 p.m. News to Sister Station

KVIA has announced plans to produce a 9:00 p.m. news to air on its sister station CW affiliate KVIA-DT2.

The weekday newscast will air on the El Paso ABC affiliate’s digital subchannel 7.2 and will be anchored by Stephanie Valle and meteorologist Karla Huelga.

“Since the El Paso/Las Cruces CW launched in 2007, we’ve wanted to provide the station’s viewers with news and weather,” said KVIA general manager Kevin Lovell.  “Now that the station is well established, we’re ready to use ABC7’s resources to bring CW viewers a newscast that’s an hour earlier than our ABC7 10 p.m. newscast.”

The station also announced weekend morning anchor Denise Olivas will replace Valle as co-anchor of the noon news with Bob Harp.  Olivas will also begin reporting for the weekday morning show, “Good Morning El Paso.”

The first newscast on the CW will air Monday, March 25.

[El Paso Times]

KFOX Adds Traffic Reporter Lissette Garcia

Lissette Garcia is joining El Paso Fox affiliate KFOX as a traffic reporter, according to the El Paso Times.

Garcia, who is Miss Florida 2011, previously worked as an associate producer and traffic anchor at WPLG, the ABC affiliate in Miami. She replaces Kandolite Flores, who left the station to join the Humane Society of El Paso.

Garcia began at KFOX on Monday.

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